In a remarkable tit-for-tat manoeuvre, MPs gathered yesterday at universities across the country to protest at the reduced monies they will be able claim through the MPs’ expenses scheme.
‘It’s so unfair,’ huffed one MP, who wished to remain anonymous. ‘At this rate I’ll still be paying off the mortgage on my third house in 30 years time. This isn’t what I stood for when I became an MP. The problem is they keep changing the rules – you just can’t trust the electorate to deliver what they promise.’
With the police on hand to keep order the protests passed off peacefully, though things did threaten to turn ugly when Ann Widdecombe arrived.